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Tympanometry

A test in which a probe changes the pressure within the ear canal and measures how well the eardrum moves in response to the pressure. The purpose of tympanometry is to determine how well the middle ear is functioning and the mobility of the eardrum. Things like Eustachian tube dysfunction, a perforated ear drum, occluding ear wax, “fluid” in the middle ear, or issues with the middle ear bones can be discovered with this evaluation.

Traditional Audiometry

At approximately 4 years of age, a child is able to participate in traditional audiologic testing procedures. During this test, a child wears a set of earphones and is instructed to raise a hand as soon as they hear a sound. Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE) are measured directly with a miniature microphone and sent to a special computer to determine your baby’s hearing status. This allows the audiologist to determine if the anatomical regions of the hearing system are functioning. Although not a specific test of “hearing”, this provides the audiologist with valuable information pertaining to the integrity and status of your child’s hearing system.

Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE)

Otoacoustic Emissions are measured directly with a miniature microphone and sent to a special computer to determine your baby’s hearing status. This allows the audiologist to determine if the anatomical regions of the hearing system are functioning. Although not a specific test of “hearing”, this provides the audiologist with valuable information pertaining to the integrity and status of your child’s hearing system.

Conditioned Play Audiometry (CPA)

This test is useful with children between 2 and 4 years of age. At this age we try and make it fun for the little ones to be in there. We a toy and a bucket and show the child that when they hear the sound, they are to put the toy in the bucket. This is typically done under headphones but can be done via speakers if the child is frightened of the headphones.

Visual Reinforcement Audiometry (VRA)

An infant (4-6 months and older) or young toddler is placed on your lap and visual indicators are used as a reinforcement system when sounds are presented. Our extensive training allows us to determine whether the child is “hearing” the sounds efficiently. Based on the concept of conditioning, children are rewarded for looking in the direction of sounds or even just eye widening with a visually rewarding event, e.g.- a drumming bear. The test can be completed with sounds coming from a speaker or from earphones.

Pediatric Hearing Testing - Audiological Testing in a Child-Friendly Environment

Being able to hear properly is important for every child for learning, speech development, and interacting successfully with others. New Jersey Hearing & Tinnitus Center has the specialized expertise required to test the hearing of children, infants through adolescents.

How Is My Child’s Hearing Tested?:

There are several methods of testing a child’s hearing depending upon the child’s age, development, or “mood”.